Ripple Co-Founder: United States Loses „Cold War Technology“ to China

Chris Larsen, co-founder and CEO of Ripple, wrote an opinion piece for The Hill, where he argued that the United States is currently losing the „cold war technology“ to China. Why?

The United States vs. China

Basically, Ripple’s co-founder explains in his opinion article that, China’s digital currency leadership could be a „once-in-a-century opportunity“ to replace the U.S. dollar. However, that would imply that the yuan could become a global reserve currency.

Therefore, the clear dominance that China has achieved in terms of crypto-currency, Blockchain technology and finance, could be an important front in future battles between the two countries.

For those who don’t know, China has managed to advance by giant steps in the adoption of digital payments through giants like Alipay and WeChat. Meanwhile, the United States is stuck with Blockchain and crypto-currency technology.

However, the United States is not the only one in danger of China’s advances, also, crypto-currencies, especially Bitcoin. Whereas, according to the Center for Alternative Finance at Cambridge University, at least 65% of crypto coin mining occurs in China.

Therefore, Ripple’s co-founder is concerned that China could take advantage of the accumulation of hash power to meddle in transactions.

But Ripple’s co-founder writes that „unfortunately, the United States remains behind“ in technology. He argues that „America’s domestic digital payments are still catching up: cash and debit cards still dominate.

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